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Ira Mayo

Suspended Lawyer Faces Disbarment for New Allegation

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Torrington attorney's law career hangs in the balance after he was accused of violating a new court order that banned him from ever representing female clients for the remainder of his career.

Jennifer Gerarda Brown

Quinnipiac University Opens New Law School Building

By Jay Stapleton |

The new $50 million Quinnipiac University School of Law Center is built around its expansive library.

Domino's Pizza Driver Crash Delivers $1.6 Million Settlement

By Jay Stapleton |

A former Storrs resident has settled for $1.6 million her lawsuit against a Domino's Pizza driver who plowed into the car she was riding in.

Conn. Firm Pays $1.3 Million After Retractable Dog Leash Malfunctions

By Jay Stapleton |

A building contractor who lost the vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face has settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company for $1.3 million.

Judge William Bright

LawyerCorps Connecticut Prepares to Launch Public Service Careers

By Isaac Avilucea |

LawyerCorps Connecticut will partner fellows with the state's legal aid organizations and surround them with infrastructure and mentors. The goal is to provide legal services to those who need them most.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Nation Paying Millions for Lock ‘Em Up Strategy

By Dan Krisch |

The definition of insanity, Einstein supposedly quipped, is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. By that standard, our nation's criminal justice strategy belongs in Bellevue.

Ira Mayo

Female Clients Continue To Cause Trouble for Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.

Dubois-Mark

CBA President Declares Vote Too Close to Join Amicus

By Jay Stapleton |

Members of the Connecticut Bar Association have voted only slightly in favor of joining a legal defense of Connecticut gun control legislation with all votes in, resulting in the outcome being "called as tied," CBA President Mark Dubois said.

Richard Condon

Conn. Court Clears Man Convicted Of Threatening Attorney

By Jay Stapleton |

For more than 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it perfectly clear that what it calls "true threats" to harm another person are not protected speech under the First Amendment.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Law Students Should Be Paid for Legal Work

By Mark Dubois |

If firms could employ law students who would be both paid and supervised, both by the firms and the schools, this might be a good way to fill what has been called the justice gap.

James Bergenn

Photographer's Drone Suit Pits Journalists Against Police

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A Connecticut television photographer's federal lawsuit could shed some legal light on how far journalists can go to record police activity and what rights they might have to use drones to gather news.

Marissa Dungey

Young Trusts and Estates Lawyer Lands ABA Fellowship

By Isaac Avilucea |

An upcoming wedding, prestigious new honor and a soon-to-be-published article. One could say Marissa Dungey's life has hit the proverbial sweet spot.

Editorial: Confronting Bullying Within the Legal Profession

For well over a decade leaders in the organized bar have focused on the quality of civility and professionalism among lawyers.

Linda Morkan

Practitioners Say Appeals Process is Widely Misunderstood

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

According to appellate court judges and practitioners alike, appellate practice in Connecticut requires a specialized form of advocacy that is not understood by all litigants.

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Juvenile Appeals on Hold

By Christian Nolan |

If a teen wants to appeal a judge's decision transferring his criminal case to adult court from the juvenile court, he's going to be waiting a while.

Edward Haberek

Selectman’s Uninvited Hug Spawns Harassment Complaint and Freedom of Information Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Though workplace harassment is a major employment law issue, this legal tale has a bigger element: freedom of information. The question now is, should the woman's report be a public document?

Attorneys Named to Veterans Affairs Advisory Group

By Law Tribune Staff |

Several attorneys will be part of a new advisory group appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy to look into ways to improve facilities and programs offered at the state Department of Veteran Affairs' Rocky Hill campus.

Garden of Light Natural Foods Market

Supreme Court Upholds $110,000 Health Food Store Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

"Natural foods" is a term used to describe foods that are minimally processed or do not contain any additives like sweeteners, antibiotics or hormones. In Connecticut, though, natural foods may still include litigation.

Editorial: Religious Expression Becomes Religious Dominance

Analysis of the Hobby Lobby decision has swirled across news and social media since its June 30 release.

Editorial: Proper Role of Trustees for Nonprofit Entities

Recently, counsel for a Connecticut independent school prepared a memorandum on the role of trustees. This checklist exemplifies many sound board practices and may be useful guidance to other boards of nonprofit entities.

Court: Towns Can Be Sued in Fatal Raid

By Associated Press |

A federal appeals court says several Connecticut police departments can be sued over a drug raid that killed an unarmed man and injured another in 2008.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: 'Unleashed Attack Dogs' Won't Help in Ferguson

By Norm Pattis |

I couldn't stop thinking about the allegory of the metals in Plato's Republic as I read the op-ed piece in The Washington Post written by Los Angeles Police Officer, Sunil Dutta.

Editorial: As Lawyers, We Should Expand Our Inner Circles

The practice of law is a people business, centered largely around relationships. Having connections helps get clients, jobs, referrals, interviews, leadership positions and even award nominations.

Firm Pays $1.3 Million After Dog Leash Malfunctions

By Jay Stapleton |

A building contractor who lost most of his vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face has settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company.

Judge Holly Fitzsimmons

U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons Will Retire in April

By Isaac Avilucea |

From serving as a federal prosecutor in a murder-for-hire plot to working as a sportswriter, Holly Fitzsimmons' career has been full of adventure.

One Officer Targeted in Half Dozen Excessive-Force Lawsuits

By Isaac Avilucea |

These days, it's hard for Hartford attorney A. Paul Spinella to find a police excessive-force case that isn't similar to one he has litigated in more than 30 years of practicing.

Prosecutor: No Criminal Charges in Irene Aid Fraud

By Associated Press |

Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Business Litigation Firm Hires Two Attorneys From Hinckley Allen

By Isaac Avilucea |

The expansion of a Wethersfield law firm was effectively done years ago over beers at a local bar. That's where Bill O'Sullivan met with his now-new partner Michael McCormack to plot out the future of his firm.

Marcy Tench Stovall

CBA Names New Ethics Committee Chair

By Jay Stapleton |

As she begins her new role as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, Marcy Tench Stovall anticipates there will be a continued emphasis on ethics rules regarding technology.

Judge Approves Receivership for Amistad Schooner

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut judge on Thursday appointed a receiver to take over the operations and finances of the group that runs the state's official flagship, the Amistad schooner.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Should UPL Rules Adapt to 21st-Century Realities?

By Mark Dubois |

When I travel for bar business, I have taken to using Air BNB, an Internet matching service that hooks me up with folks willing to rent out a room or an apartment for a few days.

Police at the home on Dogwood Drive, in Easton, Conn. where Gonzalo Guizan was shot and killed by police during a raid on May 18th, 2008.

Court Says SWAT Team Can Be Held Liable for Aggressive Actions

By Jay Stapleton |

After unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., residents took to the streets in protest, only to be confronted by police in camouflage uniforms who used tear gas, attack dogs and armored vehicles.